Calvin's pre-professional programs will prepare you not only for acceptance into some of the best schools in the country, but also to be a compassionate and well-rounded healthcare provider. Whether you're interested in red blood cells, retinas, rabbits or retainers, a liberal arts education at Calvin can help you achieve your goals.

Overview

Calvin's four-year pre-physical therapy program will prepare you for entrance into a graduate-level program at a variety of schools. Because admission to physical therapy schools is so competitive, it is is important that you meet with a program advisor as soon as possible before registering for courses. This will ensure that you choose the right courses to prepare for entrance to your preferred program. You will also be advised to gain clinical experience by working with a licensed physical therapist.

Each year, two spots at Central Michigan University's Dow College of Health Professions Physical Therapy Program are held for Calvin College students who meet their admissions requirements.

Careers in Pre-Physical Therapy

  • Neuro-rehabilitator
  • Out-patient therapist
  • Health Club Manager/Owner
  • Pediatric physical therapist
  • More

See job placement rates for Calvin grads.

Student involvement

Volunteer at local schools, hospitals and senior centers; Get hands-on experience as a personal trainer for a faculty or staff member; Join a varsity or intramural team; Help Calvin host the Special Olympics.

Course Requirements 2013-14

Pre-Physical Therapy

Students wishing to enter the field of physical therapy (PT) must complete a master's degree (MSPT) or a doctoral degree (DPT) in physical therapy. Beginning in the year-2020, a DPT will be required for entrance into the profession. Students at Calvin can prepare to complete this degree by completing the prerequisite courses for their programs of interest in conjunction with a degree program in any discipline. Students then attend graduate school. Admission to graduate programs in physical therapy is very competitive. Calvin has developed an articulation agreement with the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions Physical Therapy Program at Central Michigan University (CMU). Under this agreement, CMU will guarantee acceptance for up to two Calvin students per year who have met their requirements.

The prerequisite courses depend on the graduate school to which students wish to apply; therefore, students should obtain a list of requirements for each of the graduate schools in which they are interested. Below is a sample list of prerequisite classes for non-biology majors. Students are encouraged to contact an advisor of the pre-physical therapy program, N. Meyer or J. Walton, of the Kinesiology department, (Biology majors can contact A. Wilstermann) before they register for classes. Students must also work or volunteer with patients under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist. This can be arranged through the Service-Learning Center at Calvin.

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Scholarships

Dollar amounts reflect awards given for the 2013-14 academic year.

Bretton and Kimberly Bolt Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,000
  • junior or senior nursing or speech pathology major or pursuing a pre-physical therapy, or pre-occupational therapy program or other fields focused on care of the elderly
  • GPA 3.0+
  • financial need required; preference to those who volunteer or work at a skilled nursing facility
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Kathryn De Weerd Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,600
  • junior or senior
  • GPA 3.0+
  • financial need considered; planning to pursue a career in chiropractic or osteopathic medicine or physical therapy
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Dr. Paul and Mrs. Doris Dirkse Health Care Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,200
  • junior or senior
  • good academic record
  • financial need considered; Christian character; motivation; potential for service
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Drs. Richard James and Susan Beving Strikwerda Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA 3.5+
  • financial need not required; preference to graduates of Holland Christian HS, David Glasgow Farragut HS, or Montgomery County Public HS
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
West Michigan Pre-Physical Therapy Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,000
  • junior
  • GPA of 3.4+
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Steven M. Zifferblatt Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $4,100
  • senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need not required; pursuing a career in a health care profession
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
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Faculty

Eric Arnoys

Eric Arnoys
Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
DeVries Hall 233
earnoys@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6051

David Benson

David Benson
Associate Professor of Chemistry
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
DeVries Hall 303
deb22@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7699

Ronald Blankespoor

Ronald Blankespoor
Professor of Chemistry
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
DeVries Hall 227
blan@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6174

John Brink

John Brink
Professor
Department of Psychology
SB 326
brnk@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6627

Laura DeHaan

Laura DeHaan
Professor
Department of Psychology
SB 375
ldehaan@calvin.edu
(616) 526-8689

Randall DeJong

Randall DeJong
Assistant Professor
Department of Biology
DH 109
rdejong@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7625

Roger DeKock

Roger DeKock
Professor
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
DeVries Hall 301
dekock@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6344

Herbert Fynewever

Herbert Fynewever
Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
DeVries Hall 229
hrf3@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7711

Loren Haarsma

Loren Haarsma
Associate Professor
Department of Physics and Astronomy
SB 260
lhaarsma@calvin.edu
(616) 526-8517

Paul Harper

Paul Harper
Associate Professor
Department of Physics and Astronomy
SB 161
pharper@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6408

Emily Helder

Emily Helder
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology
SB 326
emily.helder@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6396

Jonathan Hill

Jonathan Hill
Assistant Professor
Department of Sociology
SC 217
jph27@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7259

David Koetje

David Koetje
Professor
Department of Biology
DH 105
dkoetje@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7047

Elisha Marr

Elisha Marr
Assistant Professor
Department of Sociology
SC 213
emm24@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7019

Nancy Meyer

Nancy Meyer
Professor, Women's Athletic Director
Department of Kinesiology
meyn@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6224

Paul Moes

Paul Moes
Professor
Department of Psychology
SB 360
pmoes@calvin.edu
(616) 526-8672

Pam Plantinga

Pam Plantinga
Teaching Staff
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
pplantin@calvin.edu
(616) 526-8643

Randall Pruim

Randall Pruim
Professor
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
NH 284
rpruim@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7113

Thomas Scofield

Thomas Scofield
Associate Professor
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
NH 281
scofield@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6856

Anding Shen

Anding Shen
Associate Professor
Department of Biology
DH 209
as28@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6025

Allen Shoemaker

Allen Shoemaker
Professor
Department of Psychology
SB 344
shoe@calvin.edu
(616) 526-8536

Kumar Sinniah

Kumar Sinniah
Professor
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
DeVries Hall 225
ksinniah@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6058

Donald Tellinghuisen

Donald Tellinghuisen
Professor
Department of Psychology
SB 361
dtelling@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6745

Peter Tigchelaar

Peter Tigchelaar
Professor
Department of Biology
DH 107
ptigch@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6346

Randall Van Dragt

Randall Van Dragt
Professor
Department of Biology
DH 113
vdra@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6497

Douglas Vander Griend

Douglas Vander Griend
Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
DeVries Hall 231
dav4@calvin.edu
(616) 526-8729

Julie Walton

Julie Walton
Professor, sabbatical fall
Department of Kinesiology
jwalton@calvin.edu
526-6164

Amy Wilstermann

Amy Wilstermann
Associate Professor
Department of Biology
DH 129
amw26@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7620

Julie Yonker

Julie Yonker
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology
SB 380
jey2@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7668

Talk to us

Brian Bolt Brian Bolt
Department Chair
department chair
Department of Kinesiology
SFC 220
brb8@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7526

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